Holy Sox

How a lovable bunch of idiots overcame their de mons to win the title Boston has coveted for generations

The chant would come every time they played in New York City. "Nine-teen eight-teen." Win or lose against the Yankees, they would hear it rise from the bleachers and spread to the box seats. Those are far from the unkindest words that could be directed your way in the South Bronx, but to members of Red Sox Nation, as fans of Boston's baseball team are known, they burned with particular intensity, scarlet letters on their sporting souls, because the words reminded them that the Red Sox hadn't tasted a World Series championship since Babe Ruth was the team's star player. For...